More And More Buyers Would Consider Electric

Tue 24th Jul 2018

Seventy per cent of car buyers would consider an electric vehicle according to a new survey, with younger drivers keener than ever to get on board with the new technology.

The survey, commissioned by LowCVP, and carried out by the AA and Populus revealed that of 10,000 drivers, there are now only 30% who would never buy an EV.

Of that 30%, many are in the older generation and the survey reveals that their chief concerns are not having enough choice, worries over the EV range, not enough public charging points and that they are too expensive.

In seperate research published on the charging point information platform Zap-Map, the worries over cost seem to be confirmed, with the most expensive options offering the best range. Tesla’s Model S has the best range, but comes with a huge price tag of £70,250.

Top 10 Electric Cars By Range

1. Tesla Model S - £70,250

2. Jaguar I-Pace - £63,495

3. Tesla Model X - £114,268

4. Nissan Leaf - £27,290

5. Renault Zoe - £22,920

6. BMW i3 - £34,075

7. VW e-Golf - £32,730

8. Hyundai Ioniq Electric - £29,845

9. Kia Soul EV - £30,495

10. Smart EQ ForTwo Coupe - £20,920

While the cost may be a major barrier to some, other concerns are seen to be minor according to AA President, Edmund King and can be overcome by education, he said: “In order to meet the Government’s Road to Zero targets a concerted effort is required to demonstrate the benefits of EVs and dispel some of the myths.

“The range, charging speed and charging point infrastructure are all on the increase. There needs to be a more concerted effort by us all to sell the benefits of electric vehicles to consumers.”